Borough of Hampton, NJ
Hunterdon County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Hampton 6-14-1979. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 117.
Housing standards — See Ch. 147.
Land development — See Ch. 157.
Sewage disposal systems — See Ch. 201.
The following shall constitute the rules and regulations regulating the operation of the Borough of Hampton Water Utility and the establishing of rates for the services thereof.
The following rules and regulations are hereby adopted to control the administration and operations of the Hampton Water Utility (hereinafter referred to as the "Utility") and shall be considered a part of the contract with every person who uses water, and the fact of using water shall be considered as expressing assent on the part of the user to be bound thereby.
A. 
The affairs of the Utility shall be administered by a Water Committee (hereinafter referred to as the "Committee") to be composed of three persons to be appointed yearly by the Mayor of the Borough of Hampton (hereinafter referred to as "Mayor"), which appointments shall be confirmed by the Borough Council of the Borough of Hampton (hereinafter referred to as the "Council"). At least two members thereof shall be members of the Council. The terms of members of the Committee shall expire on December 31 of each year. The Committee shall have a Chairman (hereinafter referred to as the "Director"), who shall be the executive head of the Committee with the obligation to call all the necessary meetings of the Committee for the purpose of the administration of the Utility, and who shall submit an operating year-end report to the Council of the activities of the Utility. The Director shall be appointed yearly by the Mayor, which appointment shall be confirmed by the Council, which term shall expire December 31 of each year. The responsibilities of the Director and Water Utility Operator shall include the following tasks to ensure the system is running at peak performance: Verify all preventive maintenance activities are occurring. Verify all water system maintenance activities are being documented in the appropriate maintenance log book. Verify that all improvements are reflected in revised manuals, maps, etc. to ensure all records accurately reflect the current systems and infrastructure. Perform a check of the operating system and all of its components on a monthly basis at a minimum, to confirm all are operating satisfactorily. Comply with the established farmland assessment requirements and woodland management plan and apply for renewal to sustain each of these classifications.
[Amended 10-6-2003 by Ord. No. 17-03; 4-10-2006 by Ord. No. 5-06]
B. 
There is hereby created the position of Utility Clerk who shall keep the financial records of the Utility and prepare, mail and collect water user charges herein set forth. The Utility Clerk shall be appointed yearly by the Mayor, which appointment shall be confirmed by the Council, which term shall expire on December 31 of each year.
C. 
The Utility shall have such other employees as may be required to conduct its affairs all as may be provided for by resolution of the Council upon recommendation of the Committee.
A. 
All applications for the use of water shall be made by the owner of the property on forms furnished by the Utility and shall state fully all uses to which the water is to be applied, and should water subsequently be required for other purposes, notice of the change of water use or additional type of water use shall be given by the owner to the Utility before such change of use or additional use is made.
B. 
A supply of water for building construction purposes or other special purposes shall be separately applied for.
C. 
Where a tap for a service connection to any water main is required, application shall be made either by the property owner or the licensed plumber contracting or doing the plumbing work, on triplicate forms furnished by the Utility, and the applicant shall pay fees as provided in § 235-7 of these regulations for the connection.
A. 
All existing and new services shall be metered in accordance with a plan of installation of meters promulgated by the Committee. The fee for the installation of a new or replacement meter shall be $25 plus the cost of the meter.
[Amended 12-13-2010 by Ord. No. 7-10]
B. 
When a meter is to be installed or replaced and the pipe or pipes to which it is to be connected are in such poor condition that, in the opinion of the Director, they may be broken or damaged by the installation or are unfit for the purposes of connection, the Director shall serve written notice on the owner to repair or replace the pipes within 30 days so that the meter may be safely installed and/or replaced. If such repair or replacement is not completed within 30 days, the water service may be discontinued.
C. 
Should a water user believe that the meter is not registering properly, the water user may file a complaint with the Utility alleging an inaccurate meter and the meter shall be removed and tested by the Utility. If the meter is found to register against the water user by more than 3% inaccuracy, there shall be no charge for removing, repairing and resetting the meter. If the meter is found to register against the water user but with less than a three-percent error or if it is found to register in favor of the water user, a minimum charge of $50 shall be made for the test. The Utility shall have the right to make periodic tests of all meters at no cost to the water user.
[Amended 12-13-2010 by Ord. No. 7-10]
D. 
If a meter is out of order and fails to register or if by its reading it is obviously malfunctioning, the consumption of water through the meter for the period of meter reading malfunction shall be charged at the average consumption over the last period for which the meter was known to be properly registering or, if there is no such period, said use shall be estimated and billed by the Committee.
E. 
All meters larger than 3/4 inch shall not be considered standard and will not be routinely stocked by the Utility and shall be required to be purchased by the customer.
F. 
The Utility must designate or approve the location of all meters; the same must be protected from freezing; the area adjacent thereto must be kept free of rubbish and obstructions; and all meters must be located so as to be readily accessible for reading, testing, repair or removal when required.
(1) 
The owner shall provide at his expense:
(a) 
An inlet and outlet shutoff valve from the meter.
(b) 
Suitable provisions for the meter to be horizontally mounted.
(c) 
A free unobstructed space for the meter from the floor to a point 24 inches above the top of the meter and at least 18 inches on each side thereof.
(2) 
The Utility will install a remote readout wherever feasible to a place designated by the Utility.
G. 
Except as hereinafter set forth, Type K copper lines shall be used for all connection lines from the meter to the curb if said lines do not exceed two inches in diameter, with larger diameter lines to be Class B cast-iron pipe. PCV plastic pipe of manufacture and specifications approved by the Committee may be used in lieu of copper or cast-iron lines, provided that, among any other requirements of the Committee, all PCV plastic pipe shall be protected against damage by the same being laid in the center of at least a twelve-inch core of sand.
H. 
All installations described in this section shall be inspected by an authorized representative of the Committee after trenching with the pipe laid therein but before backfilling, with the cost of such inspection to be at the expense of the installer of such lines.
A. 
Where more than one structure is serviced by one private line from one curb box, the owner shall provide a curb box and shutoff valve outside each structure so that service to each structure may be cut off without disturbing the service to the other structures, and the Utility shall have the right at any time to enter the property to shut off and turn on the water service to any separate structure.
B. 
The stopcock at the curb shall be opened and closed only by the Director or his agent or by any other person having written permission from the Director to do so.
[Amended 11-9-1992 by Ord. No. 14-92]
C. 
No cessation of water service charges shall be allowed water users for temporary discontinuance of service unless the water is turned off and on by an agent of the Utility upon written application to the Utility office. A charge as provided in § 235-7 of these regulations shall be made for either turning off or turning on the water. The water user shall be held responsible for all charges accruing for water service until written notice has been given to the office of the Utility to discontinue water supply.
D. 
Any owner or water user who vacates or sells property which is connected to the supply of the Utility without giving written notice to the Utility to discontinue service prior to such vacancy or change of ownership shall be held responsible for all charges accruing for water service as described in these regulations. The Utility further reserves the right to refuse to give subsequent water service to said property for the benefit of any subsequent tenant, occupant or owner until all charges for water service herein described are current.
E. 
In the event of any emergency affecting the ability of the Utility to supply water or in the case of distribution malfunction or in the case of equipment breakdown or the threat of any of the foregoing or for other unavoidable cause, the Utility shall have the right to temporarily cut off the water supply to make necessary repairs, connections, etc., all without liability to the Utility, but the Utility shall use reasonable and practicable measures to notify the water user of discontinuance of service.
F. 
The Utility reserves the right, without liability, to require discontinuance of use of water through outside faucets or hose connections or otherwise limit or restrict water usage if the supply of water is inadequate for any reason and the same in event of equipment failure or breaks, repairs or extensions to mains or otherwise.
G. 
Service may be discontinued by the Utility for any of the following reasons:
(1) 
For the use of water for any other property or purpose than that described in the application.
(2) 
For willful or careless waste of water through improper or imperfect pipes, fixtures or otherwise.
(3) 
For failure to maintain in good order connections, service lines or fixtures owned, used or controlled by the water user.
(4) 
For tampering with or damaging any service pipe, meter, curb stopcock, seal or any other appliance of the Utility.
(5) 
For nonpayment for water service as described in § 235-7 of these regulations.
(6) 
In the case of a vacancy of premises.
(7) 
For refusal of reasonable access to property for purposes of inspection, installation or repair.
(8) 
As provided in § 235-5B of these regulations.
(9) 
For violation of § 235-5F of these regulations.
(10) 
In the case of the violation of any other regulations herein set forth.
H. 
When two or more parties receive water through one service line, the provisions of these regulations applicable to the termination of water supply service shall be applicable to all parties although one or more of them may be innocent of any cause for termination of water supply service.
I. 
Service shall be renewed under a proper application when conditions for which service was discontinued are corrected and upon the payment of all proper water service charges due from the water user as provided in § 235-7 of these regulations.
A. 
Water use fees.
[Amended 9-8-1980 by Ord. No. 10-80; 4-12-1982; 6-13-1983; 5-29-1984; 2-26-1990 by Ord. No. 1-90; 3-23-1992 by Ord. No. 7-92; 2-12-1996 by Ord. No. 2-96; 4-8-2002 by Ord. No. 6-02; 12-13-2010 by Ord. No. 7-10; 4-22-2013 by Ord. No. 02-13; 6-9-2014 by Ord. No. 03-14; 6-11-2018 by Ord. No. 07-2018]
(1) 
Effective July 1, 2018, the following water use fees apply for residential water use:
(a) 
The minimum charge for residential water use up to 4,000 gallons shall be $82.50 per quarter. The charge for residential water use above 4,000 gallons and up to 10,000 gallons shall be $95.70 per quarter.
(b) 
The charge for additional residential water furnished above 10,000 gallons shall be $7.70 per 1,000 gallons.
(2) 
Effective July 1, 2019, the following water use fees apply for residential water use:
(a) 
The minimum charge for residential water use up to 4,000 gallons shall be $90.75 per quarter. The charge for residential water use above 4,000 gallons and up to 10,000 gallons shall be $105.25 per quarter.
(b) 
The charge for additional residential water furnished above 10,000 gallons shall be $8.50 per 1,000 gallons.
(3) 
Effective July 1, 2020, the following water use fees apply for residential water use:
(a) 
The minimum charge for residential water use up to 4,000 gallons shall be $95.25 per quarter. The charge for residential water use above 4,000 gallons and up to 10,000 gallons shall be $105.25 per quarter.
(b) 
The charge for additional residential water furnished above 10,000 gallons shall be $8.90 per 1,000 gallons.
(4) 
Effective July 1, 2018, the following water use fees apply for commercial water use:
(a) 
The minimum charge for commercial water use up to 10,000 gallons shall be $95.70 per quarter.
(b) 
The charge for additional commercial water furnished above 10,000 gallons and up to 15,000 gallons shall be $7.70 per 1,000 gallons. The charge for additional commercial water furnished above 15,000 gallons shall be $4.40 per 1,000 gallons.
(5) 
Effective July 1, 2019, the following water use fees apply for commercial water use:
(a) 
The minimum charge for commercial water use up to 10,000 gallons shall be $105.25 per quarter.
(b) 
The charge for additional commercial water furnished above 10,000 gallons and up to 15,000 gallons shall be $8.45 per 1,000 gallons. The charge for additional commercial water furnished above 15,000 gallons shall be $4.80 per 1,000 gallons.
(6) 
Effective July 1, 2020, the following water use fees apply for commercial water use:
(a) 
The minimum charge for commercial water use up to 10,000 gallons shall be $110.50 per quarter;
(b) 
The charge for additional commercial water furnished above 10,000 gallons and up to 15,000 gallons shall be $8.85 per 1,000 gallons. The charge for additional commercial water furnished above 15,000 gallons shall be $5 per 1,000 gallons.
B. 
The water rates above set forth have been established based upon estimated water usage, as the Utility has heretofore not fully metered all of its water users. Additionally, the Utility may hereafter receive additional grant moneys from the Farmers Home Administration and/or have moneys available from said grant which could be applied in whole or in part to payments for an undetermined period of principal and/or interest on a loan from the Farmers Home Administration to be hereafter closed. Additionally, it is recognized that water usage may for a short period after completion of all works contemplated by this chapter hereinafter described not be consistent as between billing periods as the impact of water rates are experienced by water users. Based upon the foregoing, the Council shall review quarterly meter readings and total Utility billings under the rates established by this chapter and, in the event that total billings exceed Utility budget requirements, shall have the right, by resolution, to decrease but not increase the quarterly minimum water user charge for that quarterly period so reviewed but not for any subsequent period.
C. 
On and after the effective date of the imposition of the water rates above set forth, water users who are metered shall be charged in accordance with this section. Water users not then metered shall be charged only the minimum charge until metered and thereafter in accordance with this section. Water user charges for a billing quarter during which use was only partially metered shall be prorated for said quarter between metered and unmetered water use.
D. 
All water users shall, at their expense, connect to the new Borough water supply system from the installed meter to the curb box within 30 days after being advised by the Utility that all works required to be installed by the Utility for said connection have been completed. Thereafter, if said connection has not been completed, said water user shall be billed for water use from said final date of required completion of connection to the date of actual connection at a pro rata daily rate equal to two times the minimum quarterly rate for such meter, or, alternatively, the Utility may discontinue service to said user until said connection has been completed.
E. 
Fee for fire hydrant use. The Borough of Hampton shall pay to the Utility the sum of $19,000 per annum for the use of the fire hydrants maintained by the Utility. This annual fee is based upon the number of existing hydrants and is designed to approximate the cost to the Utility of providing this fire protection service to the Borough.
[Amended 7-8-1985 by Ord. No. 6-85; 10-10-1988 by Ord. No. 14-88; 6-26-1989 by Ord. No. 9-89; 2-26-1990 by Ord. No. 2-90; 3-25-1991 by Ord. No. 2-91; 4-13-1992 by Ord. No. 9-92; 5-10-1993 by Ord. No. 9-93; 3-28-1994 by Ord. No. 2-94; 9-14-1998 by Ord. No. 17-98; 8-14-2000 by Ord. No. 13-00; 3-26-2001 by Ord. No. 3-01; 5-5-2003 by Ord. No. 6-03[1]]
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance provided that it be effective retroactively to 1-1-2003.
F. 
Connection charges.
[Amended 2-12-1996 by Ord. No. 2-96; 8-10-1998 by Ord. No. 15-98; 4-8-2002 by Ord. No. 6-02; 9-27-2004 by Ord. No. 14-04]
(1) 
There is hereby established a connection fee which shall be imposed upon the owner or occupant of any property serviced by the Borough of Hampton Water Utility.
(2) 
The water connection fee shall be established annually after a public hearing, in the manner provided by N.J.S.A. 40A:31-11.
G. 
(Reserved)[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection G, Oversize tap charges, as amended, was repealed 9-27-2004 by Ord. No. 14-04.
H. 
Extraordinary charges for service connections. In addition to any other charges herein described in these regulations for a tap for any service connection to any water main, the applicant shall pay to the Utility any extraordinary costs incurred by the Utility in making said connection, including, by way of example and not by way of limitation, excavations in excess of eight feet in depth, shoring or dewatering of excavation trenches, where rock excavation is encountered, waterline runs in excess of 40 feet, where the open cut of roadway is not permitted and where excavated material is not permitted to be used to fill the trench. The Director shall certify to the applicant said extraordinary costs when the same has been fully determined, and the same shall be due and payable within seven days after the receipt by applicant of written notice thereof. Any applicant objecting to the calculation of said extraordinary costs shall have the right to appeal the imposition thereof by written notice to the Council within 30 days of receipt of said notice, and the Council shall, within 30 days, conduct a hearing thereon and certify to the applicant the amount of such charges, which determination shall be binding on the applicant.
I. 
For a temporary discontinuance of water service for the convenience of the water user and not as the result of the need for waterline repairs, there shall be a shutoff service charge of $25.
[Amended 12-13-2010 by Ord. No. 7-10]
J. 
For a restoration of water service after a temporary discontinuance thereof, there shall be a service charge of $25, if said service restoration follows a discontinuance of service for which a service charge was imposed.
[Amended 12-13-2010 by Ord. No. 7-10]
K. 
For a discontinuance and subsequent restoration of water service as a result of nonpayment of any water charges due under this chapter, there shall be a shutoff and turnon service charge, each in the amount of $25.
[Amended 11-9-1992 by Ord. No. 14-92; 12-13-2010 by Ord. No. 7-10]
L. 
For a permanent discontinuance of water service and removal of meter, there shall be a service charge of $50.
M. 
Charges for late payment of water service charges shall be as specified in § 235-8 of these regulations.[3]
[3]
Editor's Note: Original Subsection J, which immediately followed this subsection and dealt with unauthorized connections, was deleted 11-9-1992 by Ord. No. 14-92. In addition, original Subsection K, entitled "Capital contribution hookup charges," which immediately followed original Subsection J, was deleted 7-27-1981 by Ord. No. 9-81.
N. 
For any inspection by the Water Utility of the piping used to connect a water user to the Water Utility's waterlines, the fee shall be $50.
[Added 12-13-2010 by Ord. No. 7-10]
O. 
The fee for transferring the service from one water user to a different water user shall be $50.
[Added 12-13-2010 by Ord. No. 7-10]
[Amended 7-26-1982; 5-9-1988 by Ord. No. 5-88]
A. 
Water service charges will be billed within 30 days after the end of each calendar quarter, and said charges shall be due 20 days after the mailing of the quarterly bills with a ten-day grace period. If payment is not received by the Utility within 10 days of the due date, then interest in the amount of 12% per annum will be charged on the unpaid balance.
B. 
The Utility shall be under no obligation to mail out delinquent water service charge notices to customers, but shall include on any current quarterly water service bills notice of any unpaid prior quarterly bills and any interest due thereon.
C. 
Any water user who is two months delinquent in the payment of water user charges shall receive a notice that service will be discontinued within 30 days unless payment is made in full or suitable arrangements are made for payment. In addition to paying interest, a water user shall be responsible for paying the cost of any special postage charges (e.g., certified mail, registered mail, etc.) involved in providing the user with notices under this chapter.
[Amended 4-24-2000 by Ord. No. 10-00[1]]
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also provided that it shall take effect 7-1-2000.
A. 
After the installation of all water mains contemplated and accomplished under this chapter, all water main line extensions shall be made at the expense of the applicant therefor after determination by the Committee and the Council that the Utility has adequate water supply, distribution capacity and pressure to service the same and that the same can be accomplished in accordance with the master water plan design for future expansion and otherwise that the same is to the best interests of the existing customers of the Utility. Such determination by the Council shall be by resolution. Thereafter, the design and plan for such water main line extension shall be prepared by the applicant at his expense and approved by the Director, with Utility engineering review costs to be paid by the applicant and the terms and conditions of such extension agreed upon by written contract between applicant and the Council. The Council may require the applicant to deposit with the Borough of Hampton a cash sum equal to the estimated cost of such main line extension, and the Council may, by contract with third parties or by the use of its personnel or by a combination of the same, complete such main line extension, and the applicant shall be liable for any cost thereof in excess of the estimated cost or shall be entitled to refund for the excess of estimated cost over actual cost. Alternatively, the Council may, in its sole discretion, permit the applicant to make the installation at his direct cost and expense, under terms and conditions as determined by the Director, reserving to the Council the right of inspection of construction and approval of all materials and workmanship used in connection therewith, all at the inspection expense of applicant.
B. 
No water main line extension agreement shall provide for any refund to the installer thereof for all or any part of the cost thereof based upon taps thereto or usage therefrom, and no contribution to the cost thereof shall be made by the Borough of Hampton except as provided in Subsection C of this section.
C. 
Where the water main line extension shall provide for lines in excess of eight inches in diameter or shall provide for unusual facilities appurtenant thereto or includes a contribution to an increase in the water reserve capacity of the Utility, and where the same is a part of the master water plan design for future expansion or otherwise uniquely contributes to the distribution network of the Utility, and where estimated net revenues in excess of normal water utility operating costs applicable thereto from new customers utilizing such extension or unusual facilities appurtenant thereto shall, within a period of time deemed by the Council to be reasonable, result in full or substantial reimbursement to the Borough of Hampton for its proposed contribution thereto, and where the Council, in its sole discretion, deems the proposed contribution within the financial capability of the Utility to pay and otherwise to be a prudent and reasonable exercise of business judgment in the conducting of the business affairs of the Utility, then and in that event the Council shall have the right, in its sole discretion, by resolution, setting forth its findings in compliance with this subsection, to reimburse, contribute to or otherwise allow to the applicant, by reduction of connection charge per house or otherwise, all or part of such costs of the water main line extension applicable to such costs in excess of an eight-inch diameter pipeline or installation which provided unusual facilities, including increase in water storage capacity appurtenant thereto.
D. 
Nothing contained in this section is intended to limit the right of the Council to make water main line extensions as a local improvement, and assessing the costs thereof against properties benefited thereby, in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40:56-1 et seq., where the application of such method of improvement shall be deemed fair, equitable and impartial as among all persons similarly circumstanced.
E. 
Nothing contained in this section is intended to limit the right of the Council to make water main line extensions, with the cost thereof to be allocated or paid in whole or in part in a method other than as set forth in this section, based upon supervening public interest, or to modify an established pattern of allocating the cost of water main line extensions where altered circumstances reasonably so dictate.
Water users shall not be permitted to use water for any other purpose than stated in the application and shall not supply water in any way to any other person, house or premises without a written permit from the Utility. No additions, alterations or extensions shall be made or caused to be made in any water pipes or fixtures without giving notice of such proposed additions of alterations to the Utility.
All connections and appurtenant facilities shall meet all standards of the State of New Jersey applicable thereto and particularly relating to, among other applicable regulations, to connections and cross-connections.
No person except the Director or other authorized persons shall take water from or authorize the taking of water from any public fire hydrant or hose plug, except for the use of the Hampton Fire Department in case of fire or for drills; and no public fire hydrant shall be used for sprinkling streets, flushing sewers or gutters or for any other than fire purposes except with the approval of the Utility.
The Utility shall have the right to make changes from time to time in its regulations.
All persons using water shall keep the water pipes and fixtures within their premises, together with the service pipe to the main, in good repair and protect the same from frost at their own expense. If the owner of any premises neglects or refuses to repair a leak within 24 hours after the receipt of notice from the Utility directing the repairs, the water supply for such premises may be shut off at the curb box and service shall not be resumed to the premises until after all repairs ordered have been made and expenses, if any, incurred by the Utility have been paid to it.
A. 
Owners of real property shall be liable for the cost of water consumed by tenants occupying structures or trailers on or otherwise utilizing said real property.
B. 
All unpaid water user charges and any other moneys due under this chapter shall become a lien on real estate benefited thereby and shall be collected as now or hereinafter authorized by the Revised Statutes of the State of New Jersey.
All water service lines shall be repaired and maintained by and at the expense of the property owner. Where it becomes necessary for the property owner to repair a service line, only such service lines as in the opinion of the Director are in a sufficiently good condition to warrant these repairs shall be allowed to remain in the ground. All other service lines shall be replaced with a new line. Whenever service lines are initially installed, replaced or repaired, the trench shall be left open for inspection and approval of the initially installed, repaired or replacement line by the Utility.
Each water user shall be separately billed for water service, notwithstanding that a multiple number of users are serviced by a single meter. The Utility shall divide the number of individual water users utilizing a single meter into the total volume of water consumed to determine the per water user consumption, and each individual water user shall be billed therefor as a separate water user customer, notwithstanding any difference in water use as between or among said individual water users. In the case of multiple-housing units serviced by a single meter larger than 3/4 inch, for billing purposes the quarterly minimum water user charge per individual water user shall be computed on the basis of a three-fourths-inch meter.
A. 
As used in this section, the phrase "water user" is defined as a family unit or an individual housing unit, whether containing one or more persons and irrespective of whether it is a part of a housing structure containing multiple-housing units and notwithstanding that some or all of said housing units may share the use of certain portions of said structure in common, or a business, commercial or industrial establishment separate in function and operation with any other such establishment utilizing a common meter or any other unique factual situation found by the Director to be similar to the foregoing.
B. 
The owner of any real property with a multiple number of water users serviced by a single meter may request, for ease in payment, a single bill for such multiple water user service, but said bill shall be calculated as the total of individual water user charges as described in this section.
C. 
In computing the charges for each separate user serviced by a single meter, only occupied dwellings or units shall be considered. Users will be billed quarterly, with water usage computed on a monthly basis. Any dwelling or unit occupied for any portion of a month shall be billed as if occupied for the full month.
[Added 3-22-1993 by Ord. No. 3-93]
D. 
The owner or manager of multiple dwelling or commercial properties in which more than one user as defined herein is serviced by a single meter shall promptly notify, in writing, the Water Company Clerk of the vacancy of a unit, irrespective of whether each user receives a separate bill or the owner/manager has requested a single bill pursuant to § 235-17B. Notice shall be deemed prompt if made within 10 days of the date the unit is vacated.
[Added 3-22-1993 by Ord. No. 3-93]
E. 
Any owner or manager of a multiple dwelling or commercial property serviced by a single meter who does not report vacancies as provided herein shall be subject to the penalties set forth in § 235-24.
[Added 3-22-1993 by Ord. No. 3-93]
All buildings in the Borough of Hampton shall be connected to the municipal water system except those buildings existing at the time of the adoption of this chapter which at such time were not connected to the municipal water system and had a potable individual water supply system.
No new wells except for purposes described in § 235-21 shall be drilled in the Borough of Hampton by anyone other than the Utility; nor shall existing wells be replaced, enlarged or deepened. The Water Committee shall have the right to grant a variance from the prohibition contained in this section in the event that said premises have no access to a water main transmission line or the structure to be served is too remote in distance from the available water main transmission line or subsurface conditions are such as to render impracticable or create a severe hardship to the owner to connect to the available water main transmission line.
[Amended 11-9-1992 by Ord. No. 14-92]
In the event that a variance is granted from the provisions of §§ 235-18 and 235-19 of this chapter for the reason that said premises have no access to a water main transmission line and thereafter such a waterline is installed in the street on which said premises abuts, the owner of said premises shall, within 90 days, connect to said waterline, pay any charges then due under the terms of this chapter and discontinue the use of any well except as herein set forth.
[Amended 9-8-1980 by Ord. No. 10-80]
Nothing herein contained is intended to prohibit the use of wells for the purpose of washing cars, lawn and garden watering and similar residential noncommercial uses, provided that such water supply system is fully independent and not interconnected with the water supply furnished by the Utility.
The Utility shall have the right, on notice and at reasonable hours, with permission of or in the presence of the owner or occupant, to enter any structure or enter upon any real estate receiving water service from the Utility to inspect said premises to determine the condition and adequacy of pipes and service and to determine the accuracy of the water meter remote readout as contrasted to the meter mechanical readout.
This chapter shall become effective upon final passage and publication according to law, and water rates set forth in § 235-7A of this chapter shall become effective commencing with the quarter starting July 1, 1979, unless the imposition of such charges is hereafter extended by resolution of the Council because of the failure to complete such works necessary therefor to be completed under the chapter.
[Added 11-9-1992 by Ord. No. 14-92[1]]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be punishable by a fine not exceeding $2,000, imprisonment for a period not exceeding 90 days and/or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[Added 9-9-2002 by Ord. No. 13-02]
In any given year there shall be no use of Water Utility fund balance as an anticipated revenue in the current fund budget unless 2/3 of the full majority of the Council vote in favor thereof.